It’s been a busy couple of days with seemingly endless song releases. And chief among them was “Scream” — the highly-anticipated track from Russia’s Sergey Lazarev. It dropped one hour before the writing of this post. Now the bookmakers have reacted by slashing odds on The Netherlands to put the Dutchies at the top of the oddstable. It’s close and things are very fluid, but for now it seems like Duncan is on top with the pundits.
As more and more countries reveal their entries for Tel Aviv, the odds are constantly changing. Yesterday, Russia was in the lead with the Netherlands and Switzerland making huge gains following their song release. While some countries live up to their expectations, others fare worse with the bookmakers.
Odds to win Eurovision 2019 (9 March @17:00 GMT)
The Netherlands new favourite to win
With the release of Russia’s entry “Scream” things are now shaking at the top. Russia is no longer in pole position. Instead, the Netherlands have taken the lead. With odds currently as low as 2/1, they’re now ahead of Russia, which has odds as low as 5/2. Elsewhere, Sweden remains in third position with odds as low as 6/1, Italy (10/1) and Cyprus (10/1) completing the top five.
Another significant grower is Switzerland. Luca Hänni’s “She Got Me” entered the top ten following its release on Thursday. It’s in sixth position at 12/1.
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The director of his music video, Konstantin Cherepkov, promises something ambitious and with a defined narrative. Speaking to wiwibloggs, he explained the complex story behind the music video. “The story of the video clip was inspired by the fears we all carry from childhood, and which as we grow up become ‘screams’,” he says. “The young boy symbolises our hero Sergey, while the island symbolises the end point of a journey we should all take in order to overcome our fears. The strong melody, the powerful lyrics and the amazing performance of Sergey inspired me to create this unique dark video clip with a strong message to everyone.” _______________________ @lazarevsergey #eurovisionsongcontest #eurovision #daretodream #eurovision2019 #lazarevsergey #sergeylazarev
The hype for Russia’s song release was huge.
Following the announcement that Sergey Lazarev will make his return to the Eurovision stage, rumours about his song flooded the Internet.
And the bookmakers were also confident that he’d be in charge of the title. While he’s still in contention, it’s definitely not a given.
The odds keep changing as we speak. So with tonight’s national final in Sweden, we might see another big reaction with the bookmakers. And while being the favorite to win is certainly a great feather in one’s bonnet, nothing is guaranteed at Eurovision — remember what happened with Italy’s Francesco Gabbani in 2017.
What do you think of the changes with the betting odds? Does Russia still have a chance to win? Or are the Netherlands more likely to take it home? Let us know in the comments below.